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GISH hires Morrison as new wrestling coach


Grand Island Senior High is pleased to announce Joey Morrison will be the new head wrestling coach for the Islanders. Morrison recently completed his fourth season as the head coach of the Lexington Minutemen.

Coach Morrison is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He was an NCAA Division II All-American and was a team captain who helped the Lopers to the 2008 National Championship. Morrison also received the Dean's Academic Excellence Award in 2010 while at UNK.

He was a part of three Class A state championship teams at Lincoln East High School, and was a four-time state medalist himself. He won the 2004 state title at 135 lbs.

"I am excited and humbled to become a part of one of the premier athletic programs in the state," Morrison said. "I look forward to contributing to the academic and athletic success at Grand Island Senior High."

"Coach Morrison is a tremendous hire. He is a tough, hard-working, smart, technique-savvy, character guy and both a program and relationship builder." said Joe Kutlas, Grand Island Senior High activities director. "He did outstanding work at Lexington. Best of all, he does things the right way in all facets. I know he'll do great things at Senior High. I look very much forward to working with him."

"Coach Morrison will be a tremendous asset for Grand Island Public Schools and the wrestling program," said Marc Bauer, UNK Head Wrestling Coach. "He is an accomplished wrestler, coach and educator that looks forward to continuing the great tradition that has been established at Grand Island Senior High School."

 "Coach Morrison is an outstanding role model and leader in the sport of wrestling," Bauer added. "As a coach, he is an advocate for student-athletes and developing all aspects of their lives. I look forward to seeing him become an instrumental part of the Grand Island Public Schools system and be a leader within the Grand Island community."

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